To Kill a Mockingbird

Project Completion All Around

English I Honors students began Great Expectations by taking a look at how Dickens tends to construct his sentences.

Third period annotations
Fourth period annotations
Fourth period annotations

English 8 students completed the project for “The Move to Freedom” unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • turn in the chapter 24 letter to the workshop by 12 April (optional);
    • complete the assessment of the chapter 24 letter by 14 April (optional);
    • complete the chapter 24 letter project by 18 April;
    • complete the online discussion forum by 18 April; and
    • complete chapters 1-10 of Expectations by 24 April.

English I Honors students are so close to finishing Mockingbird that they can see the light at the end of the cliche.

English 8 students are so close to finishing their project that they, too, can see the light at the end of the cliche.

Homework
Guest and Project

English 8 students worked on their project today. It will be due on Friday before we leave for the long break.

English I Honors students had a guest speaker today, Mr. Jim Bannister, who is a criminal defense lawyer who brings a unique view to the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Homework

English I Honors students finished up Mockingbird with a quiz and a viewing of the final scenes in the film before we examine the mystery of what actually happened under that Oak tree.

English 8 students continued working on their project, beginning part four or finishing up part three, depending on their individual progress.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read chapters 29 and 30;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

English 8 students completed their normal Friday work (see lesson plan at right) while English I Honors students had the final day of writing for their Mockingbird writing project.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete Mockingbird by Monday.

English I Honors began working on a culminating writing assignment for Mockingbird. English 8 students continued working on the culminating project for our “Move to Freedom” STEAM unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete Mockingbird by Monday, April 3.
Mystery Solved and Text Imagined

English I Honors finished up working on chapter twenty-four and solved the mystery of what Miss Maudie meant by, “His food doesn’t stick going down, does it?”

English 8 students finished up the second part of their final project for the “Move to Freedom” unit.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: continue working on  the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • continue reading TKM chapters 25 and 26;
    • continue working on  the article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors began a two-day look at chapter 24 in To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most confusing but ultimately rewarding chapters in the book.

English 8 students continued working on their final project for the “Move to Freedom” unit, beginning part two today. We’ll finish it up by tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on  article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read chapter 24, keeping in mind the questions you noted during today’s reading and trying to answer at least one of them;
    • work on  article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors students finished up with the trial portion of the novel by looking at how we might rank ethically various characters from the novel:

  • Mr. Dolphus Raymond
  • Miss Maudie
  • Aunt Alexandra
  • Reverend Sykes
  • Judge Taylor
  • Bob Ewell
  • Mayella Ewell
  • Heck Tate

English 8 students continued working on their culminating “Move to Freedom” project.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read through chapter 23 (but stop at 24 — do not read chapter 24) by Monday.
Friday Update

English I Honors students continued working on their very close reading and diagramming of the case against Tom Robinson.

English 8 students completed their normal Friday inference and article of the week work.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the diagramming of Mayella Ewell’s testimony;
    • read chapter 19, Tom’s testimony.

English I Honors students worked on their diagrams of the testimony within the case against Tom Robinson. The first day’s work is available here at the Moodle site for students who were absent.

English 8 students worked on the Harriet Tubman text, with fifth period students working through the material old-school style and sixth period working through the material using lit circles.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete diagramming of chapter 17;
    • read chapter 18;
    • work on article of the week as necessary.

English I Honors continued with the lit circles for To Kill a Mockingbird, looking at two issues (whether or not Atticus made a good decision in representing Robinson considering the potential risk to his family and what the role of Calpurnia is in the novel) in groups that they then shared with partners from the other group.

English 8 students worked on lit circles. Fifth period ended their lit circle cycle, but sixth period will be continuing.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapter 17 (either twice or once taking very good notes).

We all had a field trip to Roper Mountain today, so most students didn’t have class. That doesn’t mean they don’t have homework, though.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read chapters 13-16 of Mockingbird.

English 8 students finished up their practice of determining the main idea of a text. English I Honors students worked on their first lit circle, debriefing in a forum afterward to make sure things improve the next time.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read chapters 5 and 6 for tomorrow;
    • begin preparing for the next lit circle (choosing the job and preparing the material).